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  • Starman

    ★★★

  • 48 Hrs.

    ★★★½

  • Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

    ★★★★

  • Imperial Dreams

    ★★½

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  • New Year's Evil

    New Year's Evil

    ★★★½

    “Instant replay. A miracle of modern technology.”

    If you expect New Year’s Evil to be Halloween it’ll let you down, because it’s closer to The Stuff or Slaughter High version of Halloween. Mood and atmosphere isn’t its strong suit but laughable slasher entertainment is. Right away you see the unmasked killer who talks like an electric shaver, and the rest of the film is following the killer like a so-bad-it’s-good version of American Psycho. To give New Year’s Evil credit…

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★½

    Blow Out by Brian De Palma keeps the crime/mystery paramount and the suspense ample. John Travolta as Jack is a great noir-protagonist who always seems two-steps ahead and his psychologically complex past is fascinating. Nancy Allen disappears effortlessly in her role playing the kind-hearted, fearful and inquisitive; Sally. John Lithgow is also highly memorable as antagonist Burke, his scenes feature sparse dialogue but they remain compelling by his mannerisms and performance. Giuseppe Donaggio (Don't Look Now, Carrie) composes a subdued orchestral…

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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★½

    Alien still looks impressive, has effective scares and practically defines suspense. Combining the aesthetic of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the junkyard style of Star Wars, and the horrifying designs from H.R. Giger were all brilliant choices. Where other 70's sci-fi looks dated, Alien holds up. In spite of limited locations the story never feels stagnant, or repetitive, as it continually places physical and mental hurdles for the crew to face. Though the visual anchors like the facehugger and Xenomorph provide…

  • Judgment Night

    Judgment Night

    ★★★½

    I’m a fan of survive-the-night thrillers and Judgment Night is an entertaining gem among them. It’s about four guys on their way to a boxing match, who make a wrong turn and end up at the wrong place at the wrong time. The stunning cinematography captures shadows like it’s ripped right out of horror movie, while the brilliant; Alan Silvestri, composes a suitable score that’s less bombastic than Predator but still heart-racing. Stephen Hopkins (Predator 2, Blown Away) directs and…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    “Hunted by scavengers. Haunted by those I could not protect. So I exist in this wasteland. A man reduced to a single instinct: Survive.”

    Fury Road’s vehicle driven plot may be barebones but George Miller organises cinematic chaos in such a satisfying, amusing and spectacular way. Despite brief dialogue and characters seemingly coming off as archetypes, Miller unwraps a new puzzle piece to characters with each passing scene. This attention to detail also carries over into the intricate art direction and cinematography. Similar to James Cameron, Miller knows how to build upon already great action scenes and make them legendary.

  • Lucky

    Lucky

    ★★

    Idea is fun but the execution is dull and the antagonist is as imposing as a mosquito. It reminded me of the fake trailer where a killer uses a spoon but at least that was amusing and well made. Do yourself a favour and watch Happy Death Day instead.